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Tri-ing to succeed 6 week -feel free to join

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Hi and welcome to the 6th week of the Tri-ing to succeed quest.

The final week of the Quest is upon us now. I will put up a post on Friday and and anyone who wants to record their longest run for the virtual race can put how the Quest has been and what their longest run.

There will be another Quest set up for Monday, so get your thinking caps on.

The description of what the Quests are about are below.

What the quest is:-

The quest takes six weeks. You can join any time within that six weeks.

The main aim of the quest is to help you find a focus or goal that you would like to achieve by the end of the Quest period.

I ask that you will be a graduate or about to graduate to join the quest. The main reason I ask this is that while you are doing the program your plan is very structured so I wouldn't want the quest to interfere with that.

Most popular goals are:-

To run three times a week

To slowly increase distance

To train for a specific race

To add In Stretch and strength exercises

As you can see they are personal to yourself and it's totally your own choice.

Every week I will pin a new post where all the members of the quest can talk about how things are going.

So if you wanted to join all you have to do is put

I would like to join the quest, or count me in and then I would like to. ..............

Your name will then be added to the top post and every week your name will be in the quest until the end.

At the end, only for those that would like to, we each put out longest run of the quest and it is then marked on a virtual run we are doing from John O Groats to Lands End.

Then it all starts again for another six week Quest.

























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Well what a week, recovery was better than expected. I was told I would be in agony on Tuesday as 48 hours is when it hits your muscles the most. Tuesday came and went without too much trouble. I have felt like I have had a good training session but no more. Dad is still here so my normal routine is out the window. I also have had my 48 birthday in which a sparkly new garmin arrived, so I had to take it out for a test run. Just a little 2km to see how the muscles were feeling 4 days after the race, it went well again could feel the muscles but nothing too bad, can't wait to get back into it all later this week when life returns to normal. Happy running to you all.


Sounds like your recovery is going great RFC.

I again managed my 3 runs:

Tuesday for the first time I combined running with getting something practical done. My daughter's annual public transport card needed to be renewed. You do this at any tram stop, so I ran to our nearest one (about 1.5k away) did the topup then continued a circular route home. This was a late evening "de-stressing run". I needed to be de-stressed for 2 reasons: our oldest daughter left that morning to spend a school year as a volunteer in Tunisia AND my youngest also needs his card renewed but appears to have lost it ! The run was great therapy !

Thursday was after dark again, and I didn't want to spend too long, so I did the Speed podcast. Covered 2k in my 16 minutes of running and felt like I had had a good workout.

Saturday morning was great. Nice sunny morning but still a bit of a breeze to take the edge off the heat. Headed out at 9.30 and did 7k for the first time and ran for 68 minutes which is also a record. Really enjoyed pottering along beside the river with SaturdayLive for company. Run ended at McDonalds where I met my family for brunch. I'm really chuffed at finally doing 7k as it was the target I set myself back in Spring for my first Quest, but which I didn't make due to illness. So its great to finally do it. Will consolidate for a few weeks before going for 8k in the next quest !

in reply to ajwyld

Ah that's great, congratulations!


Hi, last week's training :)

Monday: run went well, covered 5 km to plan :)

Wednesday: plan was to run 1 hour :) which again went very well and to plan :)

Friday: plan was to run 1hour to be on target to run 3 x 1 hour this week. What is it they say about best laid plans of mice and men?

Lovely OH suggested a day out for Friday before returning to work, (I work in a college and full time resumes this week). So day out was in order. So to the gym before we go or when we get back? No. Our day trip was to walk up Snowdon! The heightest mountain in Wales! However we had a great day, the weather was perfect for walking. It was very, very hard going and took 3 hours going up and 2 hours 20 minutes coming down. I must say coming down is nearly as hard as going up!

My calves still haven't forgiven me yet. They are very tight and walking down stairs is a very big effort! So running is not happening any time soon :(

Therefore I think I might fail my quest of running 3 x 1 hours this week :( I do have until Sunday though so might fit it in :)

Good luck everyone :)

Happy questing :)


I might possibly make the running to 25k over the Quest if I can get out once or twice - I was looking after a friend's dog and wanting to keep the two of them out and exercised as much as possible to give my LSH some peace to work in motivated me to run for longer and I made it to 5.54k (and the next day did a walk with them that was almost as far which also got me a nice bag of foraged blackberries, the news that the residents of the sett or den are back from their hols, and the discovery that I can do a brisk walk for a bit longer without as much pain as I used to although it certainly all tightened up at the end)

I've not been able to spend long enough in the pool to make my swimming distance goal but I feel as though I am in training and when my offspring are back at school I am going to go for it, so fingers crossed I might do it by the end of the week.

Bike rides - no chance. Disappointed out that but largely out of my hands

Have done several longer yoga sessions.


Don't think I posted progress last week so here's both weeks!

Week 4 - finally 3 x 5k runs again - first time in ages due to life getting in the way.

Last week - 2 runs but yesterday was longest ever ('cos I got lost, but hey no one noticed!) 6k in 34.49 walking only to cross a busy road. Very happy with myself :)


P.S. Well done to everybody else too.


Happy to finally say I achieved my most meaningful goal this week which was running our local park run:) this for me Was as rewarding as completing C25K :)

For this last week I am carrying on doing jillian michaels 30 day shred and running 3 times a week (one of the runs being parkrun)!

Still managing x1 long cycle a week and hope to fit in a swim this week or simply a recovery paddle!


Ran my first 10 k race on sat and really enjoyed it . Managed to stick with sub 70 pacer all the way so over the moon with time. Found the last couple of days difficult as can't stop eating . Anyway did hill session with running group tonight and struggled a bit - to be honest didn't get off to good start as reversed into a wall at car park Agh ! Going really slow but huge dent . Insurance man very nice and even asked if I was ok . Ah well it's only money - but keep thinking could have bought garmin I've wanted for ages with excess we' ll need to pay. hey ho Happy running everyone

in reply to Fitfor60

Oh no! :-( Glad you're okay and hope you'll get the Garmin soon.


Last week was great, cheering at GNR which was amazing and inspiring, me and running buddy had nice easy pace run afterwards through the dene. Have so far managed to keep to the 3x with a 10k each week. Then Tuesday woke up with sore foot, right in the arch, uh-oh, just hope this one is not going to keep me out long....


Count me in, I need motivation !!"


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